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2021 Smokestack Lightning Skin Contact Gewurztraminer

Yarra Valley, VIC

Spicy, super-charged skin-contact Gewurztraminer from Arfion main-man, Dave 'Bro' Mackintosh.

ONLY 10 LEFT!

$40.00

About

About The Wine

The Smokestack Lightning wines from Dave Macintosh are interesting takes on white varieties, made with a portion of skin contact and as little intervention as possible.

They are pure expressions of vineyards with amazing vitality. A cleaner, more grown-up version of the amber wine scene, you might say.

The SCGZ (Skin Contact Gewürztraminer) is a thrill-seeker's Gewürz, no doubt about it. Gewürztraminer carries its distinct characters wherever it goes.

Here, with a whopping 70 days on skins, there's some parts of the variety's personality which have been dialled up, and some that have been softened, making for a fascinating and texturally intriguing expression of this variety and site.

About Arfion

New Zealand born Dave "Bro" Mackintosh is the head man at Arfion.

After cutting his teeth at Oyster Bay, Dave settled in Victoria's Yarra Valley and after working with Steve Flamsteed at Giant Steps, began his own brand Arfion: which means 'Our Wine' in Scottish Gaelic.

Dave is all about letting the fruit do the talking, guiding rather than forcing, constantly searching for the simplest way to get young, energetic wines into the bottle for people to enjoy.

His Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio are all effortless examples of wines made with a ‘less is more’ mentality. By working with some of the best growers in the Yarra Valley, Dave has put together a gorgeous range of wines that have interest and drinkability in spades.

Winemaker Dave
Winemaker Dave 'Bro' Mackintosh
Yarra Valley, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

Yarra Valley Gewurztraminer from the grey clay loams of the Wongungarra Vineyard up the hill to the east of Healesville in the Lower Yarra.

This fresh aromatic precedes a plush yet dry mouthfeel which gently flows across the palate. A light tannin/acid grip kicks in before a soft bitterness finishes things off.

Hand plunged every two days for the first 20 days on skins. 70 days on skins total in an open top fermenter before pressing to old Puncheons. 3 months maturation on lees at cool temperatures. No adds apart from a bit of sulphur at bottling. No fining or filtration.

Blend : Gewurztraminer (100%)
ABV : 11.00%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

Photo Cred: Josh Geelen
Photo Cred: Josh Geelen
Yarra Valley, VIC
Delivery

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